President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration has been partly blocked by a federal judge who temporarily ended detention of Muslim travelers with valid documents and prohibits their removal from the US.
The US judge ruled that travellers who have already landed in the US with valid visas should not be sent back to their home countries.
According to reports, the first Muslim arrivals were detained at American airports some of whom already had been aboard their flights when Trump announced his executive order closing America’s borders to refugees.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which had filed a class-action lawsuit against the ban, hailed the temporary stay of execution as a victory.
“This ruling preserves the status quo and ensures that people who have been granted permission to be in this country are not illegally removed off US soil,” Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said.
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